The Suns extended their winning streak to 16, above the net
Devin Booker scored 30 points as the Phoenix Suns never lags behind, surviving a late comeback attempt by host Brooklyn Nets and extending his winning streak to 16 games with a 113-107 victory on Saturday night.
The Suns achieved the second longest winning streak in team history. Phoenix could match the 2006-2007 team for the longest winning streak in the franchise tradition by defeating the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
Chris Paul added 22 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Paul hit 9 of 19 and made his career recovery number 5,000 per second.
Kevin Durant leads all scorers with 39 points, but Brooklyn halted its four-game winning streak.
Timberwolves 121, 76ers 120 (2 overtime)
Turan Prince scored a corner kick 4.8 seconds before double overtime as Minnesota defeated Philadelphia in the first game for 76er star Joel Embiid since November 6.
D’Angelo Russell led the Timberwolves team with 35 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns added 28 points and 10 rebounds before making a mistake. Anthony Edwards contributed 19 points and Nas Reed contributed. Jared Vanderbilt scored 14 rebounds.
Embiid returned from a three-week COVID-19 absence to rack up 42 points and 14 rebounds for the Sixers. His shot on Embiid was blocked as time expired in the second overtime.
99 Knicks, Hooks 90
Alec Burks, on his first start of the season, scored 15 of his 23-point high to spark a crucial third-quarter run, as he continues to visit New York to defeat Atlanta.
The 23 points were a season high for Birx, who started because Kemba Walker missed game two of a straight set. Evan Fournier finished with 20 points, RJ Barrett added 15 points and Obi Tobin scored 13 from the bench for the Knicks, who have traded wins and losses over their last seven games.
Tra Young scored 33 points and Clint Kabila scored 16 points and 21 rebounds for the season’s highest for the Hawks, whose winning streak in seven straight games was shattered. John Collins added 12 points.
Rocket 146, Hornets 143 (over time)
Christian Wood scored 33 points and finally kept Houston away from its guest Charlotte to score its first consecutive win of the season.
Houston has won just three of its 19 games this season, two of which spanned four nights. This came against a team Hornets who have won eight of their previous nine games.
The missiles flooded 23 rounds from a 3-point range. It came a night after Charlotte matched her record by scoring 23 shots from a 3-point zone.
Heat 107, Bulls 104
Gabi Vincent came off the bench to score 20 points as Miami combined balanced attack and stifling defense to end a four-game road swing with a Chicago defeat.
The Heat forced the Bulls to make 22 turns, which Miami converted to 21 points. Besides getting Chicago to fire just 38 of 81 off the ground, including 11 of 39 from a 3-point range, the Heat rode their defense for a win that saved the 0.500 mark on the road trip.
DeMar DeRozan leads all scorers with 28 points in 11 of 19 shots from the ground. Alex Caruso moved off the field to 6 of 8, including 3 of 4 from the 3-point range, en route to 22 points from the bench.
Wizards 120, Mavericks 114
Bradley Bell scored 26 points and seven assists, and the visiting Washington recovered from eight points in the first half to defeat Dallas.
Kyle Kuzma added 22 points and acquired nine rebounds, and Washington ended his five-game losing streak in Dallas. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 16 while Six Wizards reached double digits.
Luka Doncic of Dallas led all scorers with 33 points and made 10 assists. Trey Burke scored 14 points and Christapps Porsenges reduced 13 points and seven rebounds.
Cavaliers 105, Magic 92
Darius Garland scored 26 points and scored 11 assists, Garrett Allen scored a double, and host Cleveland ended his five-game losing streak by defeating Orlando.
Garland became the fourth youngest player in franchise history to reach 2,000 points when he sank a short base jump with 2:48 remaining in the third quarter. Allen (8-for-9) hit 12 of 19 first-half points and 11 rebounds, helping the Cleveland defeat the Magic for the first time since March 3, 2019.
The Magic, who scored 8 to 32 out of a 3-point range, lost six points in a row and nine from the last 10.
Jazz 127, Pelicans 105
Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points, Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson added 20, and Utah rebounded from recent disappointing performances at home to defeat New Orleans in Salt Lake City.
Mitchell, Conley, Clarkson, Rudy Jay and Joe Ingles each drained at least three three-pointers as the Jazz fired 57.1 percent (20 to 35) from long range and 56.2 percent overall to avenge last Friday’s heartbreaking 98-97 loss to New Orleans.
Mitchell, who has been struggling to find his groove lately, played like his usual self in the first half as Utah made a leadership lead, scoring 17 points on a 7-of-14 rebound with seven assists and five rebounds.
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